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My nephew Gavin turned 3 over the Christmas holidays.  His parents threw him a construction party that was supper cute.  Yellow hard hats and all.  For his cake I was given no direction other than “trucks, working trucks”.  I love it when that happens.  Creative freedom.  My mind just races.  Last year I hand-made his John Deere Tractor out of fondant, he was pretty upset that he could not play with it at all, so this year I opted with trucks he could keep forever.

For the cake, I used yellow cake and vanilla bean buttercream.   My girls happily crushed Oreo’s and animal crackers for the dirt.   To finish it off, I rolled out a very thin ribbon of yellow fondant and wrote a message on the “caution” tape.  I love this cake, it was so fun to make and Gavin stood by it as proud as he could be until it was finally time to cut it and give him his trucks.

Happy 3rd birthday budy, Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Joey love you very much!

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My daughter Avery was nearing her 3rd birthday and we still had not made a decision about it’s theme.  One night over dinner, my then 2 year old, 5 year old, husband and myself brainstormed.  The outcome:  pink panther.  It was a brilliant idea considering Avery’s all time favorite color is pink.  She loves to watch the pink panther, and it was so original.  Who knew Wal Mart would have pink panther PJ’s and Barnes and Noble would sell stuffed pink panthers to add to our totally “pink” pink panther party!

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Avery wanted a vanilla cake, which I colored pink, of course.  Icing in pink vanilla butter cream and topped with the pink panther himself, this two tier cake was totally awesome!

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This was a great cake.  Kaighty’s little friend Lili from school turned 5 in May.  Her mother had always made her birthday cakes up until now.  After Kaight’ys 5th birthday party, which Lili attended, she decided that her mother made tasty cakes, “they just weren’t as pretty as Kaighty’s cake”.   Luckily her Mom is not nearly as sensitive as I am, because that would have broke my heart.   Lili’s mother order a Strawberry Cake with Cream-cheese Icing, and dogs.  That was my only guide, dogs.  Lili loves all dogs.  I decided a plaque was n order.

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I have been sewing with Heather Ross fabric lately.  I know what your thinking.  What does that have to do with baking?  A lot.  She has this really cute fabric line called lightning bugs and other mysteries.   There is this supper cute print with dogs randomly placed all over pale blue fabric.  This was my inspiration for Lili’s cake.  Lili turned 5, Lili got 5 dogs.

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The strawberry cake was totally organic, and light (not fat free).  I used a gallon of freshly picked strawberries from our local u-pick farm, Southern Grace Farms.  The girls and I  love to pick fresh berries.  The cake is made with vegetable oil instead of butter, and was very moist and delicious.  The filling was a very rich, almost pure cream cheese (no powdered sugar here).  Topped with a  light cream cheese buttercream.

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My very dear friend asked me to make a cake for her daughters 6th birthday this year.  She loves Pet Shop and does not eat cake.  Hum, I thought, how do I solve this problem? She does however, love chocolate chip cookies.  So I made two plaques from fondant and used a technique called run out to draw on her favorite Pet Shop kitty.  One was place on the half chocolate chiffon cake, half white trillium, and the other was placed on top of a cookie stack.  They turned out very well and the birthday girl was very pleased!

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John 4 Rocket Cake

I have never done a tutorial on this site. However, my dear friend Jennifer, the mother of John, asked me to.  She took a cake decorating class with me in June, and has come over to learn a few tricks, but wants to see more.  Both of us have a 4 year old and a 2 year old.  So scheduling time for us to spend together decorating is nearly impossibly.  She has been wanting to order a cake from me for months and finally did for her son John’s 4th birthday.  He is into anything that flies: Saturn 5 Rockets and super heroes. If it flies, he loves it.  His party was to be held last Saturday at the Bowling Alley and my girls were invited.  I was ready to surprise all our friends with my carving abilities.  Unfortunately John came down with a bad ear infection and the party was postponed until after the holidays.  I had baked the cakes and made the Swiss Buttercream prior to the cancellation.  We decided to go ahead with the cake in honor of his birthday and let them eat it during Thanksgiving with his family in Alabama.  I delivered it today and they were all impressed.  Especially John!

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Click here to learn “How To” make this rocket.

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This was a fun project.  I got a call from a couple who wanted a birthday cake for their son’s first birthday, a dog cake to be exact.  They were a referral and have never met me or seen my work.  Trusting I know!  They wanted a chocolate lab in 3D; or just his head, done somewhat like a cartoon.  I thought about it and said “I do not think I am quite skilled enough to do a 3D cake, but a dog face I can do for sure”.  They agreed, and I got to work.  I found as many dog cakes as I could as well as pictures of people’s Labs online.  I pondered and drew. Then I pondered some more.  The face cakes did not cut it for me.  I had to do 3D.  After all, you only turn 1 once!

My rough draft was drawn.  Now how big do I make it?  We agreed that it would be at least the size of a 1/2 sheet cake.  I mapped out everything I would need to make, such as brown fondant for the ears and nose and white for rawhide bones.

Now for the scale; back to the drawing board with cake pans in hand.  This helps me calculate how much I would need to bake for the size dog I wanted on the board.  A little more sketching and I’m ready to start making my fondant pieces.

I made one large rawhide bone for the dog cake.  I was also making the birthday boy a small cake to eat himself, which of course would need to match the theme.  I also created twenty mini bones and a 3″ dog to hold up a #1 for his cake.  I was very happy with the dog. This was my first gum paste character.

The actual dog cake came together quite nicely although it took some time for piping.  It was about 90° on Friday and very humid.  My chocolate lab fur was melting faster than I could pipe.  In the end, with refrigeration, he stayed in tact!    Both cakes did very well in the car and were delivered in one piece!  The most tedious part of this process is the delivery!  This was by far the most creative cake I have ever made.  I thank my customer for the order and giving me an opportunity to practice and hone my skills.


Hello reader, this Blog is a real time biography for Bonobo Cakes. BC will become an official bakery sooner than later. For now however, we are closed. With the addition of a 3rd child, life is to important to stop and spend 24 hours strait on a cake. Although we love cake, it will be a while before we get back into baking on a large scale. Enjoy the stories and photos, but please ask prior to using any of our original information on another site. Thank you and Enjoy the blog as it was!